Coronavirus live news: Vaccine trial restarts as cluster worsens in Victoria, Australia

Dr Fauci says White House task force meeting less despite rising infection rates; WHO warns of ‘exponential’ rise in cases. Follow updates 1.26am BST Mexico’s health ministry reported on Friday 6,604 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 418 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 880,775 and the death toll to 88,312.Health officials have said the real...

Coronavirus live news: Czech health minister quits as cases rise; Germany to set up ‘fever walk-in clinics’ | World news

We now have more details on the resignation of the Czech Republic’s health minister, courtesy of Robert Tait, who writes for the Guardian from Prague. Adam Vojtěch quit after an alarming rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the country, which had previously been hailed for its successful handling of the pandemic. Vojtěch, 33, a member of prime minister Andrej Babiš’ ANO party,...

Coronavirus live news: Melbourne lockdown extended; anti-mask protests held in Europe | World news

China has reportedly launched a “PR blitz” to change perceptions of Wuhan, the city whose name is now synonymous with the pandemic’s ground zero. Agence-France Presse has this report: China is recasting Wuhan as a heroic coronavirus victim and trying to throw doubt on the pandemic’s origin story as it aims to seize the narrative at a time of growing global distrust of Beijing. The PR...

Coronavirus live news: US reports 5,000 deaths in five days as Australia sees record new cases | World news

The Hong Kong government is on the defensive over its extensive quarantine exemptions which have now been identified as driving much of the current outbreak. More than 1,400 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 this month – more than half of Hong Kong’s total infections in the coronavirus pandemic. Medical and testing systems in the city are overwhelmed. Hong Kong has had strict entry...

Coronavirus live news: US Covid-19 deaths could reach 145,000 by August, study estimates | World news

An official in Afghanistan has warned that the country’s actual number of Covid-19 infections is higher than the official figures state. Meanwhile the war-torn nation is facing a lack of compressed oxygen for an increasing number of patients, while the health ministry detected 542 new cases on Tuesday amid a continued surge of transmission in the capital and Herat.Wahid Majroh, the deputy...

Coronavirus live news: Austria’s president apologises for curfew breach | World news

Elected officials, businesses and others are depending on coronavirus testing and infection-rate data as states reopen so that they will know if a second wave of contagion is coming and whether another round of stay-at-home orders or closings might be needed. But states are reporting those figures in different ways, and that can lead to frustration and confusion about what the numbers mean. In...

Coronavirus live news: Democrats pass House bill calling for $3tn stimulus, Brazil health minister quits | World news

Afghanistan’s health ministry warned of a surge in deaths as confirmed cases of Covid-19 reached 6,402 amid war raging on across the country.Wahid Majroh, the country’s deputy health minister, said 1,113 suspected patients were tested over 24 hours, of whom 349 came back positive. Fifteen Covid-19 deaths were recorded overnight, pushing the toll to 168. There have been 788 recoveries.“If...

Coronavirus live news: global trade forecast to fall by up to a third as US sees highest one-day death toll | World news

6.48pm BST18:48 Kenya has reported seven new confirmed cases of coronavirus. The country’s ministry of health has provided all the information about the latest developments on Twitter. Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) In the last 24 hours, we have tested a total of 305 samples, out of which seven people have tested positive for the Coronavirus disease. All the seven are Kenyans.#KomeshaCorona...

The UK feigns ignorance, but five years on it’s still intimately involved in Yemen’s war | Global development

The coronavirus pandemic has forced questions of life and death to the fore around the world. National health infrastructures risk being overwhelmed, food supply chains are struggling to keep up with stockpiling, and restrictions on movement are enforcing social distancing. Worries about loved ones and fears for the future combine with outbreaks of neighbourliness and solidarity. The questions...

Coronavirus latest updates: 14 more people die in UK as flight bans and lockdowns increase globally | World news

Arts Council England (ACE) has announced details of a three-month coronavirus action plan designed to ensure “as strong a sector as possible as we come out the other side of this crisis”. ACE has a £622m annual budget supporting England’s arts organisations – including theatres, orchestras, festivals and opera and dance companies – as well as individual artists, museums and libraries....